Guarantee a Successful Trip To The Dentist For Your Child

Thursday April 27, 2017 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Will you be taking your child to the dentist for the first time in the near future? Or, has your child already had a few dental visits and still seems fearful over the prospect? If so, we’ve got some tips to help your child’s next dental visit go smoothly. Believe it or not, some kids even enjoy going to the dentist. Keep reading and your kid could become one of them!

Choose a Child-Friendly Dentist

How do you know if your dentist is child-friendly? We have written a blog post about characteristics you should look for in a pediatric dentist, but generally speaking, aim for a dentist who:

  • Offers toys and activities to keep your child occupied in the waiting room
  • Seems to genuinely like children, rather than merely tolerate them
  • Employs a friendly staff who treats children with warmth and care
  • Uses child-sized instruments designed to fit kid-sized mouths!

Prepare Your Children

You’ll want to get your children acclimated to the idea of going to the dentist. If your children have never been here before, we recommend you drop by our office in advance of their appointments to make them feel more comfortable with our staff and what goes on here.

Additionally, you can prepare your children by reading books about dentist visits, explaining to them what to expect, and letting them know in advance they have an upcoming dental appointment. Probably much like you, a lot of kids don’t like last-minute (dental) surprises!

Don’t Bribe or Threaten

Leave your children with the impression that going to the dentist is an ordinary, pleasant activity. Don’t threaten to take them to the dentist for bad behavior. Alternatively, don’t bribe them either—those tactics will make it seem like dental appointments are a punishment, rather than enjoyable.

Pick the Right Time of Day

Rather than scheduling your child’s appointment during nap time, for instance, aim for a time of day when your kid will be well-rested. Sleep deprivation on top of a dental visit is never a good idea!

Be a Positive Role Model

Kids pick up on adults’ fears. If you experience dental anxiety, don’t share it with your child. Instead, express positive thoughts about going to the dentist and if you have any concerns, talk them over with your dentist.
If you feel comfortable doing so, you may want to consider allowing your child to watch one of your dentist visits. Not only will this give him or her a good idea of what to expect, but it will also allow you to role model great behavior.

Speaking of role models, mom and dad, please schedule your dental exam if you’re due for a checkup. It’s easy to do so! To schedule your appointment online, click here.

Alternatively, you can call us. To reach our N. Murray Hill Road office servicing the Western Columbus area, please contact 614.427.0116. To schedule an appointment at our Northern location in Westerville, call 614.508.0044. We’re pleased to offer evening office hours for your convenience.